MCM-9 USS PIONEER Mine Countermeasures Ship Military Patch PRAECURSOR PRO LIBERTATE


United States NAVY
USS Pioneer ( MCM - 9 )
Mine Countermeasures Ship

Military Patch

SIZE:  5"  X  3 1/4"

USS Pioneer (MCM-9), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, is the ninth ship of the class and the second US Navy ship of that name. Pioneer was laid down by Peterson Builders, Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on 5 June 1989. Mrs. Sally McGuire Tobin christened the ship on 25 August 1990. Construction and fitting out progressed on schedule and, on 14 August 1990, Lieutenant Commander Jerald Tyler Ballance, USNR, accepted Pioneer on behalf of the Navy from Mr. Ellsworth Peterson of Peterson Builders. Pioneer began her commissioned service on 1 September 1992 and, after completing initial crew training, sailed to her new homeport of NS Ingleside, Texas. Pioneer was formally commissioned on 7 December 1992, a tribute to the many U.S. servicemen who had served at Pearl Harbor.


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